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The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When a writer knows home in his heart, his heart must remain subtly apart from it. He must always be a stranger to the place he loves, and its people.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call what he writes fiction.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is impossible to read for pleasure from something to which you are both father and mother, born in such travail that the writer despises the thing that enslaved him.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A good writer is not, per se, a good book critic. No more so than a good drunk is automatically a good bartender.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The writer has a grudge against society, which he documents with accounts of unsatisfying sex, unrealized ambition, unmitigated loneliness, and a sense of local and global distress. The square, overpopulation, the bourgeois, the bomb and the cocktail party are variously identified as sources of the grudge. There follows a little obscenity here, a dash of philosophy there, considerable whining overall, and a modern satirical novel is born.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Every writer hopes or boldly assumes that his life is in some sense exemplary, that the particular will turn out to be universal.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is rarely that you see an American writer who is not hopelessly sane.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The writer in western civilization has become not a voice of his tribe, but of his individuality. This is a very narrow-minded situation.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If the most significant characteristic of man is the complex of biological needs he shares with all members of his species, then the best lives for the writer to observe are those in which the role of natural necessity is clearest, namely, the lives of the very poor.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
On the day when a young writer corrects his first proof-sheet he is as proud as a schoolboy who has just got his first dose of pox.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The free-lance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Intense study of the Bible will keep any writer from being vulgar, in point of style.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A good writer is not necessarily a good book critic. No more so than a good drunk is automatically a good bartender.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A writer who writes, I am alone... can be considered rather comical. It is comical for a man to recognize his solitude by addressing a reader and by using methods that prevent the individual from being alone. The word alone is just as general as the word bread. To pronounce it is to summon to oneself the presence of everything the word excludes.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A writer never reads his work. For him, it is the unreadable, a secret, and he cannot remain face to face with it. A secret, because he is separated from it.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Every writer creates his own precursors. His work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In any society, the artist has a responsibility. His effectiveness is certainly limited and a painter or writer cannot change the world. But they can keep an essential margin of non-conformity alive. Thanks to them the powerful can never affirm that everyone agrees with their acts. That small difference is important.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Such reproductions may not interest the reader; but after all, this is my autobiography, not his; he is under no obligation to read further in it; he was under none to begin. A modest or inhibited autobiography is written without entertainment to the writer and read with distrust by the reader.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The most durable thing in writing is style, and style is the most valuable investment a writer can make with his time. It pays off slowly, your agent will sneer at it, your publisher will misunderstand it, and it will take people you have never heard of to convince them by slow degrees that the writer who puts his individual mark on the way he writes will always pay off.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The task of an American writer is not to describe the misgivings of a woman taken in adultery as she looks out of a window at the rain but to describe four hundred people under the lights reaching for a foul ball. This is ceremony.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The travel writer seeks the world we have lost --the lost valleys of the imagination.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Evidently there are plenty of people in journalism who have neither got what they liked nor quite grown to like what they get. They write pieces they do not much enjoy writing, for papers they totally despise, and the sad process ends by ruining their style and disintegrating their personality, two developments which in a writer cannot be separate, since his personality and style must progress or deteriorate together, like a married couple in a country where death is the only permissible divorce.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The writer who loses his self-doubt, who gives way as he grows old to a sudden euphoria, to prolixity, should stop writing immediately: the time has come for him to lay aside his pen.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I review novels to make money, because it is easier for a sluggard to write an article a fortnight than a book a year, because the writer is soothed by the opiate of action, the crank by posing as a good journalist, and having an air hole. I dislike it. I do it and I am always resolving to give it up.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A writer is in danger of allowing his talent to dull who lets more than a year go past without finding himself in his rightful place of composition, the small single unluxurious retreat of the twentieth century, the hotel bedroom.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The more books we read, the clearer it becomes that the true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and that no other task is of any consequence.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Danger lies in the writer becoming the victim of his own exaggeration, losing the exact notion of sincerity, and in the end coming to despise truth itself as something too cold, too blunt for his purpose -- as, in fact, not good enough for his insistent emotion. From laughter and tears the descent is easy to sniveling and giggles.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In most cases a favorite writer is more with us in his book than he ever could have been in the flesh; since, being a writer, he is one who has studied and perfected this particular mode of personal incarnation, very likely to the detriment of any other. I should like as a matter of curiosity to see and hear for a moment the men whose works I admire; but I should hardly expect to find further intercourse particularly profitable.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What has a writer to be bombastic about? Whatever good a man may write is the consequence of accident, luck, or surprise, and nobody is more surprised than an honest writer when he makes a good phrase or says something truthful.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The first essential in writing about anything is that the writer should have no experience of the matter.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Readers are less and less seen as mere non-writers, the subhuman other or flawed derivative of the author; the lack of a pen is no longer a shameful mark of secondary status but a positively enabling space, just as within every writer can be seen to lurk, as a repressed but contaminating antithesis, a reader.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The best way to become a successful writer is to read good writing, remember it, and then forget where you remember it from.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Quotation... A writer expresses himself in words that have been used before because they give his meaning better than he can give it himself, or because they are beautiful or witty, or because he expects them to touch a cord of association in his reader, or because he wishes to show that he is learned and well read. Quotations due to the last motive are invariably ill-advised; the discerning reader detects it and is contemptuous; the undiscerning is perhaps impressed, but even then is at the same time repelled, pretentious quotations being the surest road to tedium.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A writer should be a joyous optimist. Anything that implies rejection of life is wrong for a writer.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I discovered early in my movie work that a movie is never any better than the stupidest man connected with it. There are times when this distinction may be given to the writer or director. Most often it belongs to the producer.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life --and one is as good as the other.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Actually if a writer needs a dictionary he should not write. He should have read the dictionary at least three times from beginning to end and then have loaned it to someone who needs it. There are only certain words which are valid and similes (bring me my dictionary) are like defective ammunition (the lowest thing I can think of at this time).More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
How simple the writing of literature would be if it were only necessary to write in another way what has been well written. It is because we have had such great writers in the past that a writer is driven far out past where he can go, out to where no one can help him.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All you can be sure about in a political-minded writer is that if his work should last you will have to skip the politics when you read it. Many of the so-called politically enlisted writers change their politics frequently . Perhaps it can be respected as a form of the pursuit of happiness.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Now a writer can make himself a nice career while he is alive by espousing a political cause, working for it, making a profession of believing in it, and if it wins he will be very well placed. All politics is a matter of working hard without reward, or with a living wage for a time, in the hope of booty later. A man can be a Fascist or a Communist and if his outfit gets in he can get to be an ambassador or have a million copies of his books printed by the Government or any of the other rewards the boys dream about.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Despots play their part in the works of thinkers. Fettered words are terrible words. The writer doubles and trebles the power of his writing when a ruler imposes silence on the people. Something emerges from that enforced silence, a mysterious fullness which filters through and becomes steely in the thought. Repression in history leads to conciseness in the historian, and the rocklike hardness of much celebrated prose is due to the tempering of the tyrant.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A writer and nothing else; a man alone in a room with the English language, trying to get human feelings right.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure. Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In other countries, art and literature are left to a lot of shabby bums living in attics and feeding on booze and spaghetti, but in America the successful writer or picture-painter is indistinguishable from any other decent businessman.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The writer is more concerned to know than to judge.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I was brought up in the great tradition of the late nineteenth century: that a writer never complains, never explains and never disdains.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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